August means it’s time for the San
Mateo County Fair. Once again this year, ARTshare will have a display in
the fine arts building (Cypress Hall). We will have fliers and postcards
and other information from a variety of the County’s arts organizations
available for you to pick up.
Of course, Cypress Hall will be
filled with paintings, photographs, sculptures, slides, videos, youth art,
poems, short stories, and other entries in the fine arts competitions that
the San Mateo County Fair holds each year.
The fair opens August 13 and runs
through August 22.
Entries Sought for Women by Women
Three San Mateo County organizations
are joining together to present a unique art exhibit called Women by
Women, which will be shown in the County Government Center Gallery in
Redwood City in March 2005 as part of our celebration of Women’s History
Month. The project involves the Commission on the Status of Women of San
Mateo County, the five-member San Mateo County Arts Commission, and
Women by Women will showcase
the artistry and talent of local women artists, both professional and
amateur; it is designed to honor and recognize women while simultaneously
acknowledging the historic achievement of women. The project is open to
all women artists who live or work in San Mateo County.
All finalists will have their work
displayed, and the top three finalists each will receive a cash prize of
$100. Only 2-D work which is no smaller than 20 by 30 inches will be
considered. Also, since the gallery in in the County Government Center,
images of nudes are not accepted. The cost to enter is $10 per artist, and
up to three pieces may be submitted. Catherine Clark of the Catherine
Clark Gallery in San Francisco will jury the exhibit.
Artwork should be delivered to the
County Government Center, 400 County Center, Redwood City, between 8 a.m.
and 11:30 a.m. on February 28. For more specific information and for a
copy of the project prospectus, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to
Lisa Lopez Coffey, Director, Commission on the Status of Women, 455 County
Center, 5th floor, Redwood City, CA 94063, or e-mail email@example.com.
Rules on Wine and Receptions
Galleries be aware! In early June
the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (www.abc.ca.gov/)
cited the Palo Alto galleries that participated in the monthly Art Walk
for serving wine without a permit. Last year the Sacramento galleries
participating in a similar monthly event were cited and fined $1,000 each.
Ruth Waters heard about this a day
or two before her own reception at the 1870 Gallery on June 24. She
contacted Belmont’s acting Chief of Police, Pat Halleran, for information
and/or advice – and here are the answers:
Non-profit art galleries can serve
wine without a permit from the State ABC if:
1. they are
not selling any alcoholic beverages, and
event is by invitation, essentially a private party, and
venue is not a restaurant or bar.
Normal art gallery receptions, to
which people are invited primarily by mailed invitations, do not require a
permit from the state ABC (located in San Francisco).
However, regional Open Studios
events present a situation which may indeed require permits because the
events are widely advertised to the general public.
A separate issue involves the “walk”
part of Art Walk events. That is, local ordinances generally prohibit
walking around in public (from one gallery to another) with alcohol in an
open container (glass of wine in hand). Permits for one- or two-day events
usually can be obtained (at minimal cost) from the local police